Safety

Dangerous tyres putting lives at risk, warn councils

20/05/2019

Part-worn tyres are being sold with serious safety defects, unsafe repairs and incorrect labelling, council leaders have warned.

Housing policy putting young women at risk, study warns

14/05/2019

Young women are being forced into unsafe housing due to the government’s housing benefit policy, a new study has concluded.

Welsh first minister backs 20mph speed limit

08/05/2019

The Welsh government has thrown its support behind a push to make 20mph the default speed limit for residential areas.

New housing should meet 10 safety principles, planners say

03/05/2019

Planners have called for new legislation that would help tackle concerns over poor-quality housing.

Homeless shelter closes due to safety concerns

03/05/2019

A homeless centre in Shrewsbury has been temporarily closed down after safety concerns about the building were brought to Shropshire Council’s attention.

Councils call for extra funding to stop UK being flooded with unsafe products

15/04/2019

Council leaders have warned new national bodies are not the best way to protect the UK from unsafe products.

Whitehall launches consultation on taxi licensing

12/02/2019

Local authorities could soon be required to ensure that every prospective taxi driver undergoes enhanced criminal record and background checks.

Council fined after labourer ‘trapped’ under falling roofing material

17/01/2019

A council has been fined nearly £30,000 after a pack of roof trusses fell on a labourer who was working for the local authority.

Council issues smaller recycling boxes to prevent ‘bad backs’

10/01/2019

A Cumbrian council has decided to reduce the size of its recycling boxes in order to protect its staff from damaging their backs.

Council chiefs warn of dangerous ‘must-have’ toys

24/12/2018

Local government leaders are warning Christmas shoppers to avoid potentially dangerous and fake ‘must-have’ toys.

Brokenshire announces ‘stronger’ regulatory framework to improve building safety

19/12/2018

Council leaders have welcomed moves to tighten up building safety standards – but say it should be backed by regulation rather than relying on good will.

Cornwall to improve protection for consumers using short-term lets

29/11/2018

Cornwall Council has set up a Primary Authority partnership in order to provide protection to consumers using short-term letting accommodation.

Govt report says 20mph zones may not reduce casualty rates

28/11/2018

An evaluation of 20mph limit schemes has failed to find evidence of a significant short-term impact on safety but said they could provide other benefits.

Councils call for ban on 'car clocking'

19/11/2018

Local government leaders have called for devices which alter a cars mileage to be banned.

Council prosecuted over Legionella case

08/11/2018

Tendring District Council has confirmed it is being prosecuted for failing to manage the risk of Legionella at its leisure centre sites.

Whitehall to review health and safety standards in rental sector

29/10/2018

The Government has announced plans to review the current health and safety standards for rental accommodation.

London bus safety regulations ‘do not go far enough’

17/10/2018

New regulations governing bus safety in London ‘do not go far enough’, according to the London Assembly’s transport committee.

Dementia sufferers told to leave care home over safety concerns

15/08/2018

Doncaster Council was forced to tell 27 residents to leave their privately run care home over concerns for their safety.

Campaigners criticise dangerous cycling offence proposals

13/08/2018

Cycling advocates have accused the Government of ‘tinkering around the edges’ with a proposal to introduce a death by dangerous cycling offence.

Council defends ban on trampolines

10/08/2018

Oxford City Council has banned the use of paddling pools and trampolines in communal gardens due to health and safety concerns.

Campaigners warn of prioritising capacity over safety on roads

12/07/2018

Road safety campaigners have warned the Government should not put capacity over safety after figures revealed lorry traffic on motorways has increased 15% in five years.

Council trials mobile phone detection technology

10/07/2018

Norfolk County Council has become the first local authority to trial mobile phone detection technology in order to improve road safety.

Council to ban bouncy castles after deaths

05/07/2018

Havant Borough Council has banned the use of bouncy castles on its land after an explosion killed a three-year-old girl in Norfolk.

Calls to protect social workers from 'escalating violence'

06/06/2018

Social workers should receive the same legal protection from violence as emergency workers, according to sector bodies.

Two Portsmouth tower blocks not ‘as strong as expected’

05/06/2018

The council have told residents in two Portsmouth tower blocks they will have to move out due to safety concerns.

Roadworker dies on Surrey roundabout scheme

05/06/2018

A worker has died on site at a council road improvement scheme in Surrey, after apparently being hit by plant machinery.

London council secures £1.6m fine against Tesco over safety failings

11/05/2018

Tesco has been fined £1.6m for health and safety failures following a successful prosecution by Ealing Council.

Council taking action against landlord after ‘unexplained’ deaths

10/04/2018

Harrow Council is taking action against the owner of a house where two men were found dead and five others were hospitalised after a possible carbon monoxide leak.

Council demands answers over school repairs

09/04/2018

The body responsible for building and maintaining 17 schools in Edinburgh has been criticised by the council for failing to carry out repair work.

Auditors tell councils to ‘learn lessons’ from school wall collapse

04/04/2018

Auditors have called on councils in Scotland to ‘learn lessons’ from the collapse of a school wall in Edinburgh.

Court rules councils cannot use selective licensing to impose safety standards

22/02/2018

The Court of Appeal has today ruled councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes.

Bristol's 20mph speed limits have saved four lives, study finds

14/02/2018

The introduction of 20mph speed limits in Bristol have managed to save four lives and avoid eleven serious injuries, according to a new study.

Taxi licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions, campaigners warn

30/01/2018

Taxi and private hire vehicle licences are being granted to drivers with criminal convictions because there are no national minimum standards to enforce sufficient safety checks, campaigners say.

Local authority leaders welcome new consumer safety body

22/01/2018

Council chiefs have welcomed the launch of a new national oversight body focused on identifying faulty products and protecting consumers.

Council to be prosecuted for pupil’s death in bus accident

19/01/2018

A council is facing prosecution after a pupil at a local school was killed by a minibus on the school grounds.

New measures to tackle the dangerous use of lasers announced

08/01/2018

The Government today announced a raft of new measures designed to crack down on the use of high-powered lasers.

Council welcomes report into Croydon tram crash

12/12/2017

The leader of Croydon Council has welcomed the official report on the tram crash in the borough last November and said its recommendations should be put in place as soon as possible.

Workplace accidents and poor health costing economy nearly £15bn a year

02/11/2017

Work related injuries and ill-health is costing the economy £14.9bn a year, according to the latest figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Mental health cuts leaving carers vulnerable to violence, survey reveals

09/10/2017

Cuts to mental health services are leaving carers vulnerable to violence from patients and are exacerbating the staff retention crisis, public sector union warns.

Councils warned not to contract out safety of new buildings

03/10/2017

Local authorities have been warned they must not ‘contract out’ the safety of new public buildings in a new report from MSPs.

Public believes housing inspections should be in hands of council, survey reveals

25/09/2017

The majority of the public believes housing safety inspections should be in the hands of local councils, survey reveals.

Lib Dems call for safety to be ‘at forefront' of building regulations after Grenfell

18/09/2017

Safety must be put at the forefront of new building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Liberal Democrats have demanded.

Five more functions handed back to Rotherham

13/09/2017

More powers have been handed back to Rotherham Council following a report showing it has made further progress in the aftermath of the city's child abuse scandal.

Parents who drive kids to school gate could face £130 fine under new council scheme

06/09/2017

Parents who drive their children to the school gates could face fines of up to £130 under a new scheme launched by Croydon Council.

Council fined £10,000 for health and safety failings

30/08/2017

A Scottish council has been fined £10,000 for health and safety failings after a worker sustained serious injuries falling off a ladder.

Asbestos in schools – removal or reassurance monitoring?

22/08/2017

Charles Pickles explains how modern air monitoring and analytical techniques can measure the risk caused by asbestos in schools.

Council forced to cut gas supply to tower blocks over safety concerns

11/08/2017

A London borough has been forced to cut off the gas supply to tower blocks after an investigation revealed safety works had not been carried out in the past.

BT and See.Sense light the way for safe cycling in Manchester

09/08/2017

BT has announced the launch of a new project with See.Sense to provide sensor-enabled and connected bike lights to up to 180 cyclists across Manchester as part of CityVerve, the UK’s smart city demonstrator.

Guide Dogs calls for dangerous street designs to be halted

01/08/2017

The charity Guide Dogs has called on the Government to end dangerous street schemes, which it claims are making some town centres ‘no-go zones’.

Councils warned about danger of overgrown verges

21/07/2017

Councils have been urged not to reduce the number of times verges are trimmed, after a new poll found two-fifths of drivers reported problems with overgrown foliage on local roads.

Product safety system is ‘putting lives at risk’ warns watchdog

19/07/2017

The UK’s product safety and recall system is not fit for purpose and lacks national oversight, a new report has warned today.

Rotherham set to be handed back five powers

19/07/2017

A further five powers are due to be returned to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council following improvements by the council.

Teach children about cold water shock, council chiefs say

17/07/2017

Swimming and classroom lessons should teach children about the dangers of cold water shock, council chiefs say.

Former minister attacks Gov’s ‘fatal obsession’ with de-regulation

14/07/2017

A former minister at the department for communities and local government has castigated the Government for its ‘fatal obsession’ with de-regulation claiming this created the context for the Grenfell tragedy.

The importance of standards

10/07/2017

Tom Morton calls for more rigorous standards to apply to alarm receiving centres (ARCs) in care services.

Council criticised after workers exposed to asbestos

31/05/2017

The GMB union has called for an overhaul of Fife Council’s health and safety policies after workers were exposed to asbestos.

Council fined after apprentice loses finger in lawnmower accident

31/05/2017

Nottingham City Council has been fined after an apprentice suffered serious hand injuries when trying to unblock a lawnmower.

City leaders must make school walking routes ‘safer’, charity says

17/05/2017

A charity has called on city leaders to prioritise making school walking routes safer as parents claim their cities are ‘too unsafe’ for children to walk to school in.

Council fined £1m after disabled man ‘crushed’ by tractor

25/04/2017

Nottinghamshire County Council has been fined £1m after a disabled member of the public was crushed by a tractor.

Council to scrap roll-out of 20mph limits

09/03/2017

The roll-out of 20mph zones in Manchester is being reconsidered after analysis found they were not reducing the number of accidents or driver speed as quickly as hoped.

More than half of councils equip staff with body cameras

28/02/2017

Local authorities have spent nearly £1.8m equipping staff or contractors with body cameras, according to new report from campaign group Big Brother watch.

White goods should have fire-proof markings, councils say

23/02/2017

Councils have warned that all white goods should have fire-proof markings on them in the wake of the Whirlpool tumble dryers scandal.

Architects warn hundreds of public buildings could be unsafe

15/02/2017

Hundreds of public buildings constructed since 2000 could be unsafe so need urgent safety checks, architects have warned.

Lorry drivers should be ‘compelled’ to use specialist sat navs

30/01/2017

All lorry drivers who use sat navs should be ‘compelled’ to purchase specialist, commercial models, say council chiefs.

New lollipop sign invention has ‘potential to save lives’

11/01/2017

An inventor in Durham has developed the first upgrade to the school crossing patrol sign in five decades and he believes it has the ‘potential to save lives in the future.’

Grey fleet checks: a no go area for councils?

06/12/2016

Richard Brown explains why grey fleets should be better managed by local authorities.

Skyscaper owner to compensate Leeds Council over wind damage costs

02/12/2016

Leeds City Council is to receive £903,000 in compensation for wind danger caused by Yorkshire’s tallest skyscraper, Bridgewater Place.

Council fined £250,000 over vibration white finger case

21/11/2016

A Kent council has been fined £250,000 after it failed to protect a worker from hard arm vibration (HAV).

Managing roofline asbestos safely and cost efficiently

16/11/2016

Just how can councils best manage the problem of asbestos, particularly in the eaves systems? Kevin Wallis reports.

Councils 'appalled' over proposed food safety reforms

31/10/2016

Welsh councils have warned that handing over the regulation of food safety to producers would put the public at risk.

Road accident casualties in Scotland ‘lowest since records began’

21/10/2016

The number of casualties from road accidents in Scotland is at its ‘lowest number since records began’, statisticians reveal.

Violent attacks on public service staff double in past decade

21/10/2016

Violent assaults on public service workers in Scotland have doubled in the last decade, according to new figures.

Report reveals Welsh community safety issues

18/10/2016

Community safety in Wales is being undermined by new responsibilities and working arrangements, according to a new report.

Experts issue warning over 'exploding' e-cigarettes

10/10/2016

Cheap and imported vaping kits have led to an increase in the number of smokers injured by ‘exploding’ devices, health experts have warned.

Average speed cameras cut serious crashes by a third

30/09/2016

The use of average speed cameras reduces the number of fatal and serious crashes by more than a third, according to new research.

Whitehall ‘blatantly ignoring’ road safety concerns

29/09/2016

The Government is ‘blatantly ignoring’ safety concerns over its plans to convert motorway hard shoulders into lanes, MPs claim.

Council orders building inspections after school closures

26/09/2016

An inspection of council buildings is to be carried out by the City of Edinburgh Council, after 17 schools were closed due to safety concerns.

Council fits buses with technology to detect cyclists

09/09/2016

A London borough has become the first the first local authority to install new technology on its buses to help drivers detect passing cyclists.

‘Tombstoning’ youngsters risk jumping to their deaths, councils warn

30/08/2016

Young people jumping from great heights into water unsupervised - a practice known as ‘tombstoning’ - could be risking death or disability, councils and fire chiefs warn.

Council deploys lifeguards at Camber Sands

26/08/2016

Rother council suggests the deaths of five young men at Camber Sands could have been the result of their ‘unfamiliarity’ with the sea and deploys lifeguards for the weekend.

Limiting the potential for conflict following the EU referendum

10/08/2016

Barry Hopley explains why our Brexit survey highlights the need to balance online detachment with human interaction.

Recycling depot closed after council staff taken ill

18/07/2016

Recycling collectors in Devon were taken ill after being exposed to gases produced by unwashed plastic bottles.

Councils call for ban in car 'clocking'

18/07/2016

Council leaders are calling for a ban on mileage correction services, after latest figures showed around one in 20 cars are thought to be ‘clocked’.

City council sends in cameras to improve road safety

28/06/2016

Portsmouth City Council could soon deploy roving cameras to protect schoolchildren from dangerous drivers.

Councils demand urgent recall of faulty dryers

20/06/2016

Faulty tumble dryers are responsible for thousands of fires every year risking the lives of millions of people, council leaders have warned.

County agrees to keep street lighting on for longer

09/06/2016

Plans to turn off some streetlights at 10pm have been abandoned by Lincolnshire County Council, following public concerns over safety.

Cuts put public at risk from contaminated soil

02/06/2016

Whitehall is putting the public’s health at risk by cutting council grants to clean up contaminated brownfield land, the Environmental Audit Committee has warned.

Lollipop man fitted with body camera to catch dangerous drivers

24/05/2016

A lollipop man in West Sussex has been kitted out with a body camera in a bid to clampdown on dangerous drivers and abusive motorists.

Scottish PFI-built schools closed due to safety concerns

11/04/2016

The City of Edinburgh Council has been forced to close 17 schools after the body responsible for managing them was unable to guarantee they were safe to use.

The new role of the Principal Designer

11/04/2016

Six months after the publication of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, Guy Chapman explores what impact they have had on local authorities.

'Zombie' knives must be banned, says LGA

26/02/2016

Council leaders have called for a ban on horror-film inspired 'zombie' weapons and a new industry-backed code of practice for the way knives are named and promoted.

London rolls out ‘sobriety tags’

26/02/2016

A pilot scheme that involves tagging people who have committed alcohol-related offences in order to ensure they stay sober has been rolled out across London.

Red-light district given the go ahead in Leeds

18/01/2016

A red-light district has been made a permanent part of Leeds a few weeks after the murder of a sex worker in the area designated for legal prostitution.

Bereaved mother calls for council to face charges over playground fatality

17/12/2015

The mother of a young girl who died while playing in a park in east London said the council should face corporate manslaughter charges if it is found to be responsible for her death, reports the BBC.

Bradford Tories defend their right to make toast

14/12/2015

Conservative councillors in Bradford are rebelling against attempts by health and safety staff to separate them from their toasters.

Further collapse possible at St Albans' sinkhole site

27/10/2015

Residents who had to be evacuated after a sinkhole appeared in their street this month, have been warned a cavity three times the size could re-appear.

Country roads are ‘Britain’s deadliest’

22/10/2015

Three people die on country roads every day, according to new figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT).

MPs call for removal of asbestos in all public buildings

16/10/2015

A cross-party group of MPs have called for the eradication of all the remaining asbestos in Britain.

Safety in social care the 'biggest concern' for inspectors

15/10/2015

The safety of health and adult social care services is a ‘significant’ concern, according to a review by inspectors.

Plymouth considers 20mph for up to 80 roads

10/09/2015

The speed limit of nearly 80 roads in Plymouth could be reduced to 20mph, in addition to a range of measures to improve road safety.

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With figures showing parish precepts have risen by 4.9% this year, Neil Merrick explores how parish councils are using the extra revenue to deliver increased and better services.
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